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Former world leaders call for ratification of nuclear ban treaty

  • September 22, 2020
  • , Asahi
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The Tuesday edition of Asahi reported that 56 former top officials of 20 NATO member states, plus Japan and South Korea, urged their nations to ratify the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in an open letter that was disclosed to the public on Monday. The 56 officials included former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana, former Prime Minister Hatoyama, former Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka, and former Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka. The letter reportedly pointed out that the 22 nations that have not ratified the treaty are protected by the U.S.’s nuclear umbrella, warning that “the risk of a nuclear weapon detonation appears to be increasing” with the danger of cyberattacks.

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